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Ravines Golf Club - hole 9

Good luck beating Ravines Golf Club, a tough Arnold Palmer design in Saugatuck

Ravines Golf Club doesn't let golfers relax. From the first hole to the final fairway, there's always an obstacle to clear, a challenge to meet. On a bad day, this demanding Arnold Palmer design will steal half a dozen of your golf balls. On a good day, it's a peaceful round through the woods.
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Macatawa Legends Golf & Country Club

Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C. lives on in Holland, Mich.

Almost every beach town along Lake Michigan offers a good public golf course. Holland almost lost theirs. Macatawa Legends Golf & C.C., a Ray Hearn design, went into receivership in 2009, but you would never know it these days. Once the recession cleared, Macatawa Legends came back to life.
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Manistee National - Cutters' Ridge golf course - 18th

Bring your 'A' game to survive Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National

How good are you? Cutters' Ridge at Manistee National Golf & Resort separates the haves from the have-nots. This Jerry Matthews design from 2000 just might be the toughest course, yard for yard, in Michigan. Wetlands lurk seemingly everywhere, and its slope from the tips soars to 149.
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    The 18-hole Cedar Chase Golf Club in Cedar Springs, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1993. Designed by Jerry Matthews, Cedar Chase Golf Club measures 7115 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 132 and a 74.
    Silver Lake Country Club originally opened in 1925 as a nine-hole golf course. The back nine was added a few years later and soon after the course served as host to one of the first professional tournaments in the state.
    Whittaker Woods Golf Club is located in southwest Michigan but being only 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and just steps from the Indiana state line, it's very much a part of the Chicagoland golf scene. The course is a formidable test for even the best players, weaving through a diverse landscape of mature woodlands, ponds, and wetlands.
  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Warren Valley Golf Club offers two courses that are situated alongside the Rouge River, sprawling across rolling terrain that is studded with stands of mature trees. The East Course is the longer of the two courses at 6,189 yards, but only by about 60 yards or so. There are four scenic holes on the golf course that incorporate the river. The fairways are generous but lined with trees and the open greens are fairly level in front, giving them an inviting feel.
    The 18-hole Heather Hills Golf Club in Romeo, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1980. Heather Hills Golf Club measures 6268 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 69.7 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    Forest Akers' East and West Courses are the home courses for the Michigan State University's men's and women's golf teams. The West Course is the longer and tougher of the two, but the East Course has plenty of challenges in store as well. Forest Akers East was redesigned in 1997, which converted it from a par 71 to a par-72 layout. New trees were planted and several bunkers were also added. The generous fairways are wide open and the golf course offers a few opportunities for birdies.
  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is one of the courses that put the Harbor Springs area of northern Michigan on the map as one of the state's most popular golfing destinations. The scenic location offers panoramic views with the ability on clear days to see all the way to Little Traverse Bay on several holes. The rolling terrain provides elevated tees and green complexes that will test your skills picking the proper club.
    Eldorado, located just south of Cadillac, has built a reputation as one of the best golf values in the Great Lakes area. The championship layout sprawls across rolling hills laced with flowering wetland areas. The golf course features elevated tees and generous green complexes with subtle but tricky undulations.
    The 18-hole Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Bruce Matthews, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club measures 7101 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 74.
  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Greywalls Golf Course at Marquette in Marquette, MI is a semi private golf course that opened in 2005. Designed by Mike DeVries, Greywalls Golf Course measures 6828 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 144 and a 73 USGA rating.
    The 18-hole Munoscong Golf Club in Pickford, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1965. Munoscong Golf Club measures 6074 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 118 and a 68.6 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.
  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    The Natural Golf Club sits along the western shore of Otsego Lake. As its name implies, the course blends seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The challenging layout requires accuracy so don't let the scenery distract you too much. Trees line the meandering fairways and water hazards come into play throughout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greensides as well.
    The 18-hole Hidden River Golf & Casting Club in Brutus, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1997. Designed by Bruce Matthews, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club measures 7101 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 74.
    The 18-hole Gaylord Country Club in Gaylord, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1949. Designed by Wilfrid Reid, Gaylord Country Club measures 6472 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 129 and a 71.3 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.